Unprotected vegetation and pets are still at risk Thursday as freeze warnings continue across areas of Southern California.
Temperatures dipping near or below 28 degrees are affecting Los Angeles, Riverside and Ventura counties, and in San Bernardino sub-freezing temperatures are likely to be extended into early next week.
“We’ve got some chilly air in place all the way through the afternoon,” NBC4 meteorologist Crystal Eggers said. “This is about as cold as it gets for us.”
Interior valleys are expected to see the coldest air, with Lancaster and Victorville reaching below-freezing temperatures of 31 and 27 degrees.
Highs in several areas are expected to hover around 10 degrees below their average, including 58 for downtown LA, Santa Monica and Riverside, and 57 in Studio City.
By late night, temperatures will dip again into the 30s and 20s across Southern California.
Current freeze warnings are due to expire Friday, but they will likely be extended to Tuesday next week. A freeze warning is issued when temperatures are likely to drop below freezing over a large area for an extended period.
Skies are expected to be sunny and mostly clear Thursday, with clouds beginning to appear on Friday. By Saturday, another storm system is likely to bring showers across Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire throughout the day.
“Saturday is not going to be an outdoor day, that’s for sure,” Eggers said. “And not a good day to travel either.”
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